One of the suspects arrested in the Aug. 2 ODIN Firearms store burglary is a local U.S. Army recruiter. Staff Sgt. Michael O. Newsome, 30, is a recruiter housed inside Sunset Mall. He was identified as a suspect arrested in the case in an Aug. 20 press release from the San Angelo Police Department.
According to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Adam Kimmich, the Battalion Commander for Army Recruitment, 5th Recruiting Brigade, Newsome is not currently conducting recruitment operations in San Angelo as the case is under investigation.
“We’re aware of the allegations,” Kimmich said via telephone Tuesday. “The matter is under investigation by local law enforcement.”
Additionally, Kimmich said Newsome’s arrest is under internal investigation with the Army.
“We take all allegations seriously.” Kimmich added.
All other inquiries were directed to the battalion’s public affairs office.
According to Tom Green County Jail records, Newsome was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 greater than one gram. Yet, according to records at the Tom Green County Courthouse, Newsome was booked Aug. 12 and released on $10,000 bond.
Court documents show that on Aug. 7, San Angelo police officers with the Criminal Investigation Division served a search warrant at 289 Glenna St., Newsome’s address of record, according to the Tom Green County Appraisal District.
The address listed is the same address that burglary suspect Joe Garrett Stanley was apprehended outside on Aug. 7.
The scope of the search warrant on Newsome’s home included handguns, camouflage clothing and cap, military-style goggles and gloves, 9 mm ammunition, recorded surveillance video and black shoes with white soles.
When officers were searching the home’s master bedroom, they observed several military uniforms on the closet floor as well as Newsome’s name affixed to the front of one of the uniform shirts.
When they searched further, officers found a small black box on a shelf that contained several used and unused jewelry bags. The detective on scene, through experience on the force, knew the types of bags were used for packaging illegal narcotics. They also found an unused hypodermic syringe among the bags.
One of the bags field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The suspected methamphetamine was less than one gram.
No firearms from the ODIN burglary were located at the residence after Stanley’s arrest. Additionally, none of the firearms stolen from ODIN were located on Stanley’s person, or in the vehicle he was driving to and from the home on Glenna.
The SAPD’s ongoing investigation of the ODIN Firearms burglary resulted in the additional arrests of Newsome and two others and an additional charge for Joe Garrett Stanley, who was already in custody. Stanley was also charged with third degree felony tampering with evidence.
Stanley’s 27-year-old brother, Michael Stanley, was charged with state jail felony burglary of a building, theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession metal body armor by felon and state jail felony possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1.
Two acquaintances of the Stanley brothers, Newsome and 28-year-old Levi Garrett Rosser, were arrested in connection to the case. Rosser was charged with third degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
The department’s Criminal Investigations, Street Crimes and Patrol divisions and CSI and Crime Analysis Units assisted throughout this investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided assistance with the case and federal charges are forthcoming according to the SAPD release.